Saturday, February 07, 2015

Scenes from the Natural History Museum's First Fridays Opener

First Fridays

Science, music, booze. There's a lot to like about the Natural History Museum's First Fridays events, which returned on Feb. 6. It was the first First Friday for Maria and I, and we hope to make it to another one.

We got to the museum in time for the music, sponsored by KCRW: Tom Vek performed at 8, followed by Robert DeLong at 9:15. The performances took place in one of the North American mammal halls, which meant stuffed animals looking on as the crowds grooved to the music. In another hall, KCRW's Raul Campos and Guest DJ Mr. Pauer spun grooves. Outside, food trucks were available (although the lines were too long) and inside, beer, wine and cocktails were for sale. (Including a great deal on $4 microbrews.)

Unfortunately, we got there too late to experience the tours and discussions. NHM Citizen Science manager Lila Higgins gave a tour on "Finding LA's Hidden Wildlife One Photo at a Time," and later Sam Droege led the discussion "Taking Control of Your World - Citizen Science Activism."

Still, besides the music, Maria and I toured my favorite exhibit ("Becoming LA," of course!) and walked around some of the second-floor galleries. (No dinosaurs for us this time, we'll save that for the next time we hit the NHM with the boys).

The NHM has become my favorite LA museum, and the kids love it too. But for one First Friday evening, it was the perfect spot for date night.

Some pics:

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Outside the NHM, which was sold out for First Fridays. Get your tickets early!

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Crowd forms to get in to see Tom Vek and Robert DeLong.

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Opener Tom Vek performs

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If this were "Night at the Museum," this grizzly would be annoyed by the loud music.

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This guy is at the "Becoming LA" exhibit.

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DJ Mr. Pauer on the ones and twos.

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Robert DeLong wraps up his set...

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... and says hello to fans after the show. But there's a hard out: The NHM shuts down at 10 p.m. on First Fridays. Hey, they gotta clean the place up, the museum is back open on Saturday morning, after all!

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